OSU denies speaking venue request


Associated Press

COLUMBUS

Ohio State University has denied a request for a group to rent campus space for white nationalist Richard Spencer to give a speech next month.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the school says there would be “substantial risk to public safety” if it accommodated the request from the National Policy Institute, led by Spencer.

Several other campuses have rejected requests involving Spencer, citing safety concerns and August violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. A supporter of Spencer is suing Michigan State University over one refused venue rental, alleging a violation of free-speech rights.

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